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Should Feces Float Or Sink
Gas usually, occ. fa: Floating stool is usually due to gas; occasionally poor absorption of fat leads to fatty, greasy, pale, foul-smelling, yellowish, floating stools; not normal. Fatty stools seen with pancreatic deficiency, some bowel problems, e.g. Celiac disease, ileal disease from crohn's, etc. ...Read more
Your diet: It all depends on what you are eating. If you are eating foods with lots of fiber (which is a good thing!), you feces will be more dense & sink. Floating stools can be caused by dietary fat or by an increase in gas from the normal bacteria that are in your gut. If you are not absorbing your food properly, the bacteria try to digest it & produce gas. See doc if not better for evaluation. ...Read more
Is it a "good" thing if my feces sink in the toilet all the time? I used to think floating = well hydrated; just want to make sure I understand fully.
Normal: Most stool that floats is because of air, rather than fat. It is normal for stool to sink. Stool that floats and is pale, frothy, bulky, foul-smelling, greasy, oily, sticky is not normal: excess fat. ...Read more
Usually nothing: You'd get the idea from reading that floating stools mean malabsorption. If you actually have that, you'd know you're sick. Usually they float because of air bubbles -- and this just happens, or is from gum chewing or talking a lot or your particular mix of diet and bacteria or whatever. ...Read more
Hi Docs, thanks for ur help and advice, sorry to ask u this, but is a healthy stool ment to sink or float in the toilet water. Thanks?
Most sink: Most will sink, but in specific diseases or type of food eaten they will float based on their density, amount of fat and gas. Malabsorbtion syndromes may result in partially digested food with some of the stool sinking and some floating. ...Read more
How much, how long..: All depends on duration of, severity of symptoms, any associated symptoms, causative factors, etc. Floating stool usually filled with air/gas, not fat. See your doc to get examined. ...Read more
Would floating stool caused by fat sink after a few minutes? Worried its fat not gas. Had stool tests including fecal fat test but not 72hr one normal
Floater or Sinker: The sinkability of stool depends on the amount of air/gas, not the amount of fat, although vary fatty stools will tend to float. Are you having any symptoms? What was the reason you had test to begin with? Of course, celiac disease needs to be ruled out, but dietary changes which affect the population of gas forming bacteria in the gut can also be in play. Your md will sort it out. ...Read more
See a doctor:
May look like blood but food comes through undigested sometimes. Need to have an occult blood test card done to be sure its actually blood.
See a doctor for complete physical, labs and quickest way to health. ...Read more
I noticed on the toilet small parts of my feces was floating around in a circle. is that possible carbon gas or something else? Thank you.
Bright red string like thing floating in my feces. Okay.. So i just did the number #2 and in my feces i noticed a bright red string like thing floating in it can this possibly mean anything? When i wiped there was a lil just a lil blood bright red but i
I canâ€™t tell you for sure what the bright red string-like material in your stool is. First question, are you sure if is from your bowel movement or did bloody mucus from your period land on your bowel movement after it hit the toilet? Second, what have you been eating? Have you eaten/ drank blueberries, beets, red wine or anything with red coloring like koolaid or jello? Have you had diarrhea (which can have some mixed in blood) or have you been constipated (requiring you to push forcefully with potential for bleeding)? Have you experienced abdominal pain? The red might be due to something you ingested or it might be blood in your feces. Sometimes blood comes from hemorrhoids. If this red is caused by blood then it is probably due to bleeding lower in your gastrointestinal tract.
If you were feeling sick, it could be due to a variety of conditions like ulcerative colitis crohns disease, gastroenteritis, food poisoning, or a fissure just to mention a few.
The string like appearance might be due to some mucus in your stool. Some times undigested vegetable matter (ie. Celery) can look string like.
Eating some foods can turn your poop red. It doesnâ€™t sound like there is any certainty about whether the red came from your period or from your feces. Go over the list above to see if any of those things might be the reason. If you are really uncertain whether the red material was menstrual or fecal; check the next time you have a bowel movement. If you have symptoms that suggest you are ill, if you have continued red matter in your stool, or if you are worried, contact your doctor. Stay well. ...Read more
I have floaters in my right eye for 2 years , will they sink down to the bottom. I practice yoga with inversions , will that affect the floaters?
Been having fatty floating yellow poop for months. Blood & feces test all came back normal. stomach is always bloated & itchy skin and fatigued. Help!
White: Mucus may be what you're seeing and it's not necessarily ab normal. Your physician can arrange to have your stool specimen examined at the lab to check for parasites(worms,etc). ...Read more
Nothing: Your body coats it with mucus in health ...Read more
What is floating stool caused by? Do I need to see a dr about it? It's been going on for months now.
Floating stool from time to time. When is floating stool a concern? What should I be on the lookout for?
Likely ok: floating stools usually mean hi fat content in the stool. i would expect that you notice the floating stools after a fatty meal. your prior GI surgeries, and history may promote transfer through your GI tract, and that can also contribute to large fat content in your stool. Be concerned if stool is white, black, tarry, or bloody, or has mucous ...Read more
What causes small black balls (size of small blueberry) to accompany your stool? It is not black in the stool, the balls float seperately
Food you consume: Some component of your food.Get a more detailed answer ›
My stools have been floating for years. I've had stool tested for fat a couple of times and the results were negative. What could be the cause?
Floating stool: Increased undigested fat may cause your stool to float ...Read more
Normal: Occasional floating stools are normal and probably related to what he is eaten. If it is chronic, I would talk to his pediatrician. ...Read more
Stool for a six year old boy is always floating in the toilet and the color mostly is light brown .. Is this worrisome ?
Light stool: Your child's stools appear to be normal. ...Read more
Why do you think it is that when my stool does float it always seems to be when i go in the morning and sinks if i go in the afternoon? Any idea?
Fats: Stools float because of fat eaten. Perhaps you customarily eat fats for dinner and not for breakfast. Floating stools are not preferred. Perhaps you are headed to be mostly a vegetarian. ...Read more
Is it normal for every stool to float if person is healthy & healthy eater. They are of normal color and do not have terrible smell. It's nothing new.
Yes: You certainly can. When i think about this question, my mind often really goes to pancreatic problems and cancers and the inability to digest fat (lack of the enzymes) is associated with pancreatic cancer treament. In theory, treatment for stomach cancer (radiation for example or surgery) may have impacted this aspect of your body's function. It really depends on your unique treatment history. ...Read more
Yes: No mistaking it. The usual cause of a floating stool -- by far -- is gas bubbles. There's an individual who writes frequently with the obsessive fear of pancreatic cancer with basically no evidence. If you are suffering from obsessive thoughts that you have cancer, please get with someone who can help you manage these. ...Read more
If stool has oil, what color is the oil - what color would you normally see floating on the water surface?
Depends: Oil in the stool will typically float as would oil in any liquid such as the water of the toilet. The color can vary depending on the underlying cause. Possibilities from clear to orange or other colors. Gallbladder problems, cystic fibrosis, GI absorption problems and inflammatory conditions can all be a factor. A doctor visit to determine the cause with lab analysis of the stool is beneficial. ...Read more